Have you heard the Carnatic version of the hit song Shape of You? Do you share a curiosity for ragas with your grandmother? To mark World Music Day 2021, join us fora lecture demonstration by Founder and CEO of IndianRaga Sriram Emani on classical Indian music today and its future trajectory. Sriram will give an overview of the genres and overall tradition and illustrate techniques, histories and styles from the Indian Classical oeuvre as well as sounds from the Indian diaspora. He will also speak about the ways in which classical Indian music can be modernized, can educate and engage with younger audiences and the role technology plays in keeping the genre relevant. He will also speak about how technology can aid musical collaboration and experimentation and touch upon the future of Indian classical music in the time and context of COVID. Join us to deconstruct and appreciate the nuances of Indian classical music and learn more about its future trajectory.
Sriram Emani was recently featured by TEDx Chennai, and in a ‘Spotlight on Arts Entrepreneurs’ by the US Congressional Arts Caucus on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. He is a 2015 Global Fellow with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA), where he was the only Indian out of 52 Fellows from across the world. Under his leadership, IndianRaga has grown into one of the largest networks of talented musicians and dancers in North America, invited to perform at iconic institutions like Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Joe’s Pub, and has been featured in NPR’s Here and Now. Previously, Sriram worked as a Strategy Fellow with the President of Lincoln Center, New York City, and with the President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music, New York City. He also started the marketing and business development team at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai, and was a Consultant to Disney Theatrical Group. Sriram was selected amongst the first batch of 12 Tata Fellows at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design. He is an alumnus of the MIT Sloan School of Management (Class of 2014) where he was 1 out of 5 students to be awarded the prestigious Siebel Scholarship for academic excellence and leadership. Sriram is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, where he was the Overall Coordinator of India’s largest student cultural festival, Mood Indigo, and a recipient of the institute’s highest honors for cultural and organizational excellence. Sriram has been invited as a guest speaker and panelist at MIT, NYU, Bank of Tokyo, KPMG, Lincoln Center and has moderated panels on entrepreneurship in media and entertainment at key conferences. Previously, Sriram led IndianRaga to win the 2015 Arts Entrepreneurship Award by Fractured Atlas, the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge (Community Choice Award), and the US Creative Business Cup.Read more